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UE snaps losing skid, sends NU to UAAP Season 82 cellar

JR Isaga
UE snaps losing skid, sends NU to UAAP Season 82 cellar


The UE Red Warriors ward off the NU Bulldogs’ comeback bid to close out their first-round run with a win




MANILA, Philippines – The UE Red Warriors got back to their winnning ways in UAAP Season 82 with a 78-72 win over the NU Bulldogs in men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 29.

With the win, the Red Warriors ended the first round with a 2-5 record as they sent the Bulldogs to the cellar at 1-6.

Alex Diakhite led the way for the Red Warriors with 22 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks, albeit with 9 turnovers.

UE team captain Phillip Manalang also bounced back with 13 markers and 7 assists as his team eclipsed its 1-13 record last season.

Off a double-digit deficit in the first half, the Bulldogs clawed their way back to tie the game, 45-all, midway through the 3rd off a Mike Malonzo and-one. 

However, UE did not allow their foes to go ahead as they responded with a crucial 12-2 run to end the quarter up 10, 57-47. The in-form Phillip Manalang then extended the lead to 13, 60-47, off a triple to begin the 4th. 

But NU did not let up and closed the gap back to one, 68-69, off a Migs Oczon trey capping off an 8-0 spurt with 3:27 left in regulation.

NU, however, shut down its own run as Dave Ildefonso inadvertently hit Nick Abanto’s face off a steal, netting him an unsportsmanlike foul.

Abanto then split his charities for a four-point UE lead, 76-72, in the final 34 ticks. NU was unable to get a bucket in the next possession as Rey Suerte sealed the deal with two more free throws off a duty foul. 

Patrick Yu paced NU with 17 points in as many minutes off the bench while Ildefonso was held to just 6 markers with 7 turnovers.

The Scores

UE 78 – Diakhite 22, Manalang 13, Suerte 12, Tolentino 12, Abanto 8, Antiporda 6, Cruz 5, Apacible 0, Lorenzana 0, Pagsanjan 0

NU 72 – Yu 17, Ildefonso S 11, Gallego 8, Oczon 8, Clemente 6, Ildefonso D 6, Joson 5, Malonzo 5, Gaye 4, Tibayan 2, Galinato 0, Mangayao 0, Minerva 0, Mosqueda 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 37-32, 57-47, 78-72



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